Duke Nukem Forever comes second to one in June's NPD results

It takes more than bad press and negative reviews to keep the good Duke down. The video game number crunchers at NPD revealed Duke Nukem Forever was the second best-selling game of June, outgunned only by L.A Noire, which celebrated its second month at the top of the sales heap.

It was a close fight for the two Take Two contenders. L.A. Noire moved 419,000 units, while Duke Nukem Forever followed closely with 376,300. Sony's Infamous 2 managed to keep up with its multi-platform competition, selling a reported 369,200 copies on PS3. The sequel topped the list for best performance by a single-platform title, edging out the 3DS' The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, which sold a respectable 283,200. Considering NPD only records physical sales, it's likely Infamous 2's total win is even higher than reported.

The complete list of who beat who is as follows:

1. L.A. Noire (Take Two Interactive - 360, PS3)
2. Duke Nukem Forever (Take Two Interactive - 360, PS3, PC)
3. Infamous 2 (Sony - PS3)
4. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney Interactive - all systems)
5. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo - 3DS)
6. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision - 360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC)
7. NBA 2K11 (Take Two Interactive -360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC)
8. Mortal Kombat (Warner Bros. Interactive - PS3, 360)
9. Cars 2 (Disney Interactive - NDS, Wii, 360, PS3, PC)
10. Just Dance 2 (Ubisoft - Wii)

On the hardware side, the Xbox 360 continued its slow ascent to console domination, out-performing all other consoles for the twelfth month in a row with sales of over 507,000 units. Despite Nintendo's strong showing in the top 10 list, the company trailed far behind Microsoft, moving 386,000 Nintendo DS systems, 273,000 Wiis, and 143,000 3DS's, which isn't such a good sign for Nintendo's new handheld as it gets ousold by it's older brother.

Overall, total software sales took a 12% nosedive from 2010, dropping from $531.3 million to $469.5 million; and total hardware sales sunk 9% from this time last year, sinking from $401.7 million to $366.6 million. There's a joke about the industry going soft or failing to perform, but in honor of Duke Nukem's second place showing, we'll refrain from stealing his schtick.

Jul 15, 2011


  • Duffman - July 18, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    Gonna have to go against the crowd here. Fuck Duke.
  • LTS - July 16, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    I feel really stupid now. I glanced at the title, and thought this was a story about new DLC for DNF. "Duke Nukem Forever" (title of game) "comes second to one" (perceived sexual joke) "In June's" (forgot what month it was) "NDP results" (Thought NDP was like a division of the EDF.) I feel REALLY Dumb right now.
  • EAC73 - July 16, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    funny thing how comments start out with hail to the king baby, i was able to switch the sound when someone messages me on steam its dukes "hail to the king baby"
  • raptorak - July 16, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Duke's A-number-...two :P Get in there Duke! Loved the game roll on the DLC!
  • 04whim - July 16, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    I wonder how many of those 360 sales are people buying new ones after their old one broke...
  • Baron164 - July 16, 2011 1:28 a.m.

    Since it's the saying of the night, Hail to the King, Baby!
  • thecelticmandolin - July 15, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    I'm interested to see the numbers of DN:Forever games traded in over the next few months...
  • CommandantOreo - July 15, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    well, one devs trash is another mans treasure. Glad some people like it.
  • Ultimadrago - July 15, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    In unison with SouthTippBass: Hail to the king, baby! Seriously, I'm very glad the game did well. It honestly shouldn't take bad press and negative reviews to kill off Duke's return.
  • SouthTippBass - July 15, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Can I say it? Hail to the king, baby!

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